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David Farrer

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Sculptor David Farrer
David Farrer

About David Farrer

David Farrer is a successful British Sculptor, who specialises in Trophy Heads, made from Paper Mache; a concept born of his time in South Africa endeavouring to encompass the green issues of hunting while incorporating recycled materials, to create a piece of fine art. He has been doing this for the last 11 years and has enjoyed great acclaim.

Exhibition History of David Farrer

David Farrer`s Exhibitions
2007 Charlotte Street Gallery, London
2007 West Dean House, Sussex
2007 Fawley Court, Henley on Thames
2006 West Dean Gallery, Sussex
2006 West Dean House, Sussex
2006 Fawley Court, Henley on Thames
2005 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2005 Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
2004 Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2004 Art in Action Gallery, Oxfordshire
2004 Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
2004 Catmose Gallery, Rutland
2004 Haslemere Museum, Surrey
2004 FEVA, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
2004 Holmfirth Arts Week, West Yorkshire
2004 Electric Theatre, Guilford Festival, Surrey
2004 West Dean College, Sussex
2004 Barrow Hills Preparatory School
2003 Charlotte Street Gallery, London
2003 Stove Gallery, Harrogate
2003 Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2003 West Dean College, Sussex
2001 Charlotte Street Gallery, London
2001 Centre Culturel, Vence, France
2000 Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
2000 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1999 Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire
1999 Mounted Not Stuffed, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
1999 Studio Gallery, Harrogate
1998 Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
1997 Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
1996 Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
1996 Born Free, Fitch?s Ark, Little Venice, London
1992 Come Up and See My Etchings, Tea Room Des Artistes, London
1991 Parmentier Gallery, The Hague, Holland
1990 Carry On Printmaking; Gateshead Library Gallery, Tyneside
1989 Work in Progress; Reg Vardy Arts Foundation Gallery, Sunderland

Biography / CV of David Farrer

David Farrer was born in 1968 in Leeds. At the age of 12 he moved to Spofforth, a small rural village in North Yorkshire, and later in his 30s to Masham in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The environment, its beasts and beauty have always been central to his view on life. Large periods of time living and working in South Africa, with long and repeated visits to Namibia only added to his passion. This was a passion that was to erupt into the creative voice of his present work.

Farrer`s training at Art School was as a printmaker and though this catered to his intellectual observations with humour and satirical wit while publicly airing his ecological concerns, it did not address his need for form and texture or celebrate his greatest love, the land and its creatures.

Farrer has worked solely as a professional artist since 1996 with successful exhibitions in Johannesburg, Everard Read Gallery, regular shows in Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire and the North, the Mercer Gallery, Harrogate and the Stamford Art Centre, and exhibitions in Liverpool, Leeds, Cirencester and Halifax, as well as other appearances internationally. He has been with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in Central London since 2000, enjoying a number of solo shows and a high profile at the main London Art Fairs on a regular basis.

Farrer`s career is flourishing, with work in both private and public collections worldwide. The use of paper being intrinsic to some commissions such as the Public Record?s Office in Kew, London; who wanted four busts made from copies of the existing records they held, and relevant to the era, they are on view to any visitor. Farrer`s work hangs in the collections of the intensely serious art buyer, many celebrities and those who are totally new to the market.

These accessible, uncanny beasts speak in tongue to a wide and very varied audience; they never fail to provoke thought, laughter and a deep appreciation. Though very busy with work for a full exhibition schedule and a constant flow of commissions, Farrer also makes the time for a series of workshops, at home and abroad, catering for both the young and the older student.

David Farrer has a home and studio in North Yorkshire and in rural Surrey; he shares his time between the two.
Cordelia John 2003
Art Consultant

"My favoured subject matter is ecological, having a strong interest in "green" matters. My work reflects this. The recycled head concept came about in 1995 while working in South Africa. Over the years I have travelled extensively in this part of the world and never cease to be amazed by its beauty and abundant wildlife". There are admirable wildlife protection policies in operation, yet hunting and specifically trophy gathering remains big business too. I decided to bridge the gap by producing a "recycled trophy" that would satisfy the urge to hang an animal head on the wall but promote pro-ecological thought. "Although the idea was born in Africa I have diversified into European and North American beasts, which to some sections of the public have more familiar appeal."
David Farrer 2000
Sculptor

?Close observation of African culture, where there was an economic need for recycling, led Farrer to experiment with such crude materials as galvanised steel wire, magazines, wood and horse hair. Using papier-m?ch? these are transformed into vibrant and dramatic sculptures that elevate traditional craft materials and na?ve techniques to contemporary fine art?? In David Farrer?s work there is something for everyone. Its intersubjectivity works on many levels with a multiplicity of effect depending on the viewer?s beliefs and interpretation. The sculptures are skilfully executed, creative, innovative and unique.?

Artist Statement of David Farrer

David Farrer`s Personal Statement
"My favoured subject matter is ecological, having a strong interest in "green" matters. My work reflects this. The recycled head concept came about in 1995 while working in South Africa. Over the years I have travelled extensively in this part of the world and never cease to be amazed by its beauty and abundant wildlife". There are admirable wildlife protection policies in operation, yet hunting and specifically trophy gathering remains big business too. I decided to bridge the gap by producing a "recycled trophy" that would satisfy the urge to hang an animal head on the wall but promote pro-ecological thought. "Although the idea was born in Africa I have diversified into European and North American beasts, which to some sections of the public have more familiar appeal."
David Farrer 2000
Sculptor

Acquisitions / Collections of work by David Farrer

his work in public and private collections all over the world and decorating the homes of many celebrities. David often appears on National and Local TV and Radio, recent features include "Rolf on Art?" in the Dali programme, BBC`s Backstage Pass, the invited artist for BBC Smart, the children`s art programme, and CBBC`s daily Exchange show and many others. His latest major solo show in the West End, as always attracted a lot of media attention; it was a startling success with most of the work selling on the opening night!

Reviews of work by David Farrer

David Farer`s Reviews
"Close observation of African culture, where there was an economic need for recycling, led Farrer to experiment with such crude materials as galvanised steel wire, magazines, wood and horse hair. Using papier-mache these are transformed into vibrant and dramatic sculptures that elevate traditional craft materials and naive techniques to contemporary fine art". In David Farrer`s work there is something for everyone. Its inter subjectivity works on many levels with a multiplicity of effect depending on the viewer`s beliefs and interpretation. The sculptures are skilfully executed, creative, innovative and unique."
Vivienne Roberts MA 2003
Art Critic

Qualifications / Education of David Farrer

David Farrer`s Education
I studied a fine art degree in Sunderland and The Hague, majoring in printmaking. I graduated in 1990. I still draw, if not as much as I`d like to and have a printing press raring to go, when I can find a minute!

Publications / Media / Bibliography of David Farrer

David Farrer`s Publications
2007 Featured in ITV Meridian programme about West Dean College
2004 ITV Meridian News Feature and interview
2004 BBC South Today feature
2004 Featured on CBBC "Exchange Programme"
2004 Radio Leeds phone-in guest re. "Sculpture in public places"
2004 BBC Southern Counties Radio "Sunday Sofa" Guest
2004 BBC Look North Feature and interview
2004 BBC Radio York feature re. Work at Hotel du Vin, Harrogate
2003 BBC "Big Toe Radio Show" studio guest
2003 Featured artist on BBC "SMart" art programme
2003 Featured on BBC`s Backstage
2003 Work featured on ITV`s "Britain`s Best Home"
2003 Worked with the BBC on "Rolf on Art" Dali programme
2002 Work allegedly featured on ITV`s "Jeffrey Archer, the truth"
1999 "The Ticket", Anglia Television Arts Programme re. Stamford Show
1999 BBC Radio York interview re. Mercer Gallery exhibition
1998 Work featured on Channel 4`s Collectors Lot
1998 Fish produced for "The Molly", an independently produced film

Price Range of Work

David Farrer's work has a price range from £2,650 to £5,500

Mediums utilised

David Farrer's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

David Farrer's work is found in the following categories on site:
Papier Mache Sculptures or Statues (15)
Wild Animals and Wild Life Sculptures (8)
Humorous Witty Amusing Lighthearted Fun Jolly Whimsical Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines (8)
Animal Birds Fish Busts or Heads or Masks or Trophies For Sale or Commission (7)
Mounted Heads, Masks, Wall Mounted Busts of Animals (7)
Caricature Sculptures Statues statuettes (6)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (6)
African Animal and Wildlife Sculptures (4)
Field Sports, Game Birds and Game Animals Sculptures (3)
Deer Sculptures (3)
Antelope sculpture (3)
Animals in General Sculptures Statues (3)
Farm Yard Sculptures (3)
Predators Carnivores Hunters Flesh Eaters Sculptures Statues statuettes carvings (2)
Asian Animals Reptiles Insects or Birds Sculptures or Statues (2)
Cattle, Kine, Cows, Bulls, Buffalos, Bullocks, Heifers, Calves, Oxen, Bison, Aurocks, Yacks (2)
Polychrome Sculpture Multi-Coloured Statues statuettes statuary (2)
Varietal Mix of Bird Sculptures or Statues (2)
Reptiles Sculptures and Amphibian Sculptures
Busts and Heads Sculptures Statues statuettes Commissions Bespoke Custom Portrait Memorial Commemorative sculpture or statue
Donkeys Zebras Mules Asses and Unicorns sculpture / statue
Domestic Animal Sculpture
Birds of Prey / Raptors Sculptures
Bears Sculptures
Pigs, Sows, Boars, Hogs, Piglets Sounders Sculptures or Statues
Commemoratives and Memorials Sculptures
Horse Sculpture / Equines Race Horses Pack HorseCart Horses Plough Horsess

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